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Cardiology

CARDIOLOGY

Cardiologist is the physician who is specialized in this field of medicine. Cardiologists treat the diseases like congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and  electro-physiology.Dr P. Venugopal, head of the cardio-thoracic centre in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) performed the first successful heart transplant in India. The heart transplantation was carried out in the year 1994 with the team of well-qualified doctors. Apollo heart hospital is one of the renowned hospitals in India for treating heart disorders and conducting transplantation as well as surgery.

COURSES & DURATION:

To become a cardiologist, you are required to go through a long period of medical studies for acquiring licensure and board certification. After the completion of 10+2 with PCB, you can continue your studies towards becoming the cardiologist. Steps leading to the cardiologist are as follows:

  • Earns a bachelor degree with MBBS after 10+2.
  • Get the admission in PG course leading to Doctor of Medicine (MD) in general medicine.
  • After finishing three-year degree of MD, go for the super specialty course of 3-year DM in Cardiology to be a Cardiologist.

MBBS (51/2 years) + MD (3 years) + DM in cardiology (3 years) = 111/2 years = Cardiologist

Courses offered in this field are listed below:

  • Diploma in Cardio Vascular Technology
  • PG Diploma in Clinical Cardiology Course (PGDCC)
  • B.Sc in Cardiac Care Technology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Community Cardiology
  • Master of Science in Cardio logical nursing
  • M. Ch in Cardiology
  • M. Ch Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • DNB Cardio Thoracic Surgery
  • Doctor of Medicine in Cardiology

Top colleges offering courses in cardiology are mentioned below:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry
  • Dayanand Medical College and Hospital( DMCH), Punjab
  • Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC Vellore)
  • Jawaharlal Institute Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER)
  • Annamalai University, Tamil nadu

JOBS PROSPECTUS:

Career as a Cardiologist is rewarding not only position-wise but also financially.

Due to increase in heart patients, number of super specialty heart care centres opens and this will broaden the scope for cardiologists.

Lot of jobs availability for cardiology specialists. Heart healthcare specialists are needed in government as well as private hospitals. Cardiologists can apply for the job in these hospitals. With the rising in numbers of heart patients, the need of cardiologist is also increasing parallely.

A cardiologist can work as a doctor in hospital and can also become a lecturer in medical colleges. One can also pursue in cardiology field.

Cardiologist can work in hospitals on weekly, hourly and monthly basis. Most of the aspirants work in public/private hospitals for gaining experience and then open their own health care centre. You can also work in research areas in reputed hospitals.

  • Cardiology Technologist
  • Cardiology Surgeon
  • ECG (electro-cardiographic) Technologist
  • Interventional Cardiologist
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Assistant Cardiology Supervisor
  • Cardiac Catheterization Technologist
  • Electrocardiography Technician
  • Nuclear Cardiologist

REMUNERATION:

Salary of a cardiologists depends upon several factors that includes experience, sub specialty, location, ability and the type of hospital you are working for. Salary in government hospital is different from private one.

In private sector, a cardiologist can expect an average monthly salary of Rs 1 lac. A reputed cardiology surgeon earns the salary of around 1.5 lacs.

In US, specialties of this field earns an average of $461,000.